Eat & Drink


Battle of the Beef Rolls

Battle of the Beef Rolls

If you have not yet had the good fortune to try a beef roll, a creation from the northeastern Chinese province of Shandong, then you have not discovered what is really China’s great contribution to the sandwich gene pool. In this case, the bread is a layered wheat pancake fried with perhaps a little more [...]

El Metate

El Metate

“The richest Mexican food in town” is the slogan at this storefront café, so dieters beware. The burritos are massive, the soups robust, and the huevos rancheros delicious; we also love the sopes and the fresh chips. It’s a real find near Lake and Colorado, with friendly people, low prices, a couple of sidewalk tables, [...]

Mike & Anne’s

Mike & Anne’s

We’re fans of this friendly Modern American bistro, which opened among Mission Street’s antiques stores just after Hometown Pasadena went to press; most recently, it expanded into the space next door and opened a full bar. Everyone wants to sit out on the twinkle-lit patio, not just because it’s so pleasant, but because on busy [...]

Tibet Nepal House

Tibet Nepal House

Tibet-born mountaineer and photographer Karma Tenzing Bhotia trained in Austria as a chef, and he brings a gourmet sensibility (rich cream sauces, lovely presentation) to Tibetan and Nepali cuisine. Reminiscent of both Chinese and Indian food, but with more subtle flavors, the menu spans the Himalayas, from lowland curries and dals to highland yak, noodles [...]

Los Tacos

Los Tacos

A reliable Pasadena haven, Los Tacos makes a tasty soft taco, a hearty menudo and all the taco-joint classics. The fish tacos (sautéed, not fried) are particularly noteworthy. The salsa bar includes an excellent verde that pairs beautifully with the carnitas. Note to locals: Los Tacos is a fine and affordable caterer. 1 W. California [...]

Old Pasadena Restaurant Week

Old Pasadena Restaurant Week

Editor’s note: Old Pasadena’s Restaurant Week has been extended through June 15th, so there’s still time to indulge. Click here for participating restaurants. With the success of the city of L.A.’s prix-fixe restaurant week promotions, Old Pasadena has jumped on the bandwagon, announcing the second annual Old Pasadena Restaurant Week. Running from June 1 through [...]

Howie’s Ranch Market

Howie’s Ranch Market

A trip to Howie’s is a trip back to a happier time, when grocers were grocers and service was always with a smile. This compact, all-purpose market is justly famed for three things: Alexander’s Meats, a terrific butcher with Harris Ranch beef, dry-aged prime cuts, excellent marinated poultry and meat (great asada); Lisa’s Bakery, a [...]

Magnolia Lounge

Magnolia Lounge

The red flocked wallpaper, crystal light fixtures and low velvet couches pay tribute to the speakeasy (Pasadena’s first) that purportedly thrived here during Prohibition. In this more licentious age, patrons freely enter the candlelit walkway that leads from the South Lake storefronts to the hidden world behind: an outdoor bar arranged around a massive old [...]

Rosso Wine Shop

Rosso Wine Shop

Tiny Rosso doesn’t try to compete with the big guys; instead, owner Jeff Zimmitti focuses on France, Spain, Italy and California, selecting the best-value wines that go well with food. The result is a user-friendly shop that’s a great addition to north Glendale’s burgeoning “gourmet gulch” on Verdugo Road. Pick up a bottle to enjoy [...]

Tasty Noodle House

Tasty Noodle House

What was just another good strip-mall noodle joint has become a food-lover’s destination in recent months, ever since Jonathan Gold discovered that it had a new chef who is quite serious about his cooking. It’s still a little strip-mall joint, but it’s now more attractive and comfortable than most, with booth seating and friendly service. [...]

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